Legendary Brooklyn based photographer George Pitts passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 after a prolonged illness. While he was not famous with the general public he was an icon in the photography world.
I first learned about his passing from two professional models who posted comments on Facebook. Both had extraordinarily high praise for George as a person and as a photographer.
He was the Director of Photographic Practices, Parsons The New School for Design. He was the Founding Director of Photography at Vibe Magazine (1993-2005) and Directory of Photography at Life Magazine when it was revived in 2004. His drawings and painting have been exhibited around the world, His writing and photography have appeared in numerous magazines.
George Pitts did portraits, fashion and beauty, and nude photography. He photographed his share of beautiful young professional models, but he also liked to photograph ordinary women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
Time Magazine published a memoriam with tributes from photo editors and photographers. Reading it is the best way to understanding why George was so well loved, admired, and respected.
Time Magazine – In Memoriam: The Photography Community Remembers George Pitts – the best collection of stories and memories about George
Crave – Rest in Peace George Pitts, the Visionary Behind Vibe Magazine’s Iconic Look – the best collection of magazine covers reflecting George’s artistic vision